EPIC 204278916 has been serendipitously discovered from its K2 light curve that displays irregular dimmings of up to 65 per cent for ≈25 consecutive days out of 78.8 d of observations. For the remaining duration of the observations, the variability is highly periodic and attributed to stellar rotation. The star is a young, low-mass (M-type) pre-main-sequence star with clear evidence of a resolved tilted disc from Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations. We examine the K2 light curve in detail and hypothesize that the irregular dimmings are caused by either a warped inner disc edge or transiting cometary-like objects in either circular or eccentric orbits. The explanations discussed here are particularly relevant for other recently discovered young objects with similar absorption dips.
- Comets: general
- Planets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stability
- Stars: early-type
- Stars: individual: (EPIC 204278916)
- Stars: peculiar